Navy Chief Says No Big Resistance to Women on Subs

April 21, 2010 - 11:51 AM
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he's getting little or no resistance inside the Navy since announcing he's going to let women serve aboard submarines.
Washington (AP) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he's getting little or no resistance inside the Navy since announcing he's going to let women serve aboard submarines.
 
Mabus says sailors and officers don't seem worried about ending the long-standing ban. He says the experience of female sailors aboard surface ships shows that men and women can work in close quarters.
 
Submarines are among the few remaining places where military women are prohibited.
 
Mabus also says he's hearing little complaint within the Navy about his recent order banning smoking aboard subs.